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“The most amazing weekend”
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Villa St. Simon
Ranked #2 of 8 Blaye B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 April 2014

22 of us decended on Villa St Simon for a hen weekend. What we wanted was to relax in the day and party at night, and this is exactly what we were able to do.

In the lead up to trip Les and Clarissa had been extremely helpful and they couldn't have made us all feel more welcome when we arrived. We had free run of the place when were there, with the team who run the Villa always on hand should we need them.

Villa St Simon is a beautiful place to stay and we couldn't have had a better time.

If you like nice wine, good food and a friendly face to show you around, this is the place to stay in Bordeaux.

If you're able to do 2am karaoke in the wine cella, there's nothing to complain about.

Room Tip: Rousselle on the first floor has doors that lead out on to a balcony with a beautiful view. It was l...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We arrived in Blaye on a Sunday and left on Tuesday. Looking back at our trip which included the French Riviera, this was our favorite part of the trip. Not much was happening in the town on Sunday or Monday, but it didn't matter. Our room was spacious and comfortable. Les and Clarissa were wonderful hosts. We went on a wine tasting with Les that was a very unique experience for us. We were used to wine tasting in the U.S. This was very different. We spent a few hours with the owners of a vineyard discussing and tasting the wine. A real family affair. We met Thomas on the day we were leaving, he also give wine tours, although we did not go on a tour with him, he had a wealth of knowledge for such a young guy. When we left we both felt we would go back there. We also felt as if we got lost or needed anything on the rest of our trip we could call Clarissa and Les and they would help us. In hindsight we should have stayed in Blaye longer! We would recommend this B&B to anyone wishing for a authentic experience in a small French town.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Cheryl P
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Can't say enough about our stay here. Les and Clarissa were the perfect hosts and very accommodating. We stayed in the Rouselle room which overlooked the park and the river through two sets of french doors to the balcony. Very nice room with a large bathroom and the guest kitchen right across the hall. They have an "honor bar" which we loved and took full advantage of. Being wine lovers we were blown away by their selections for it. They are well connected throughout the Boudreaux region which provided us with special opportunities. Their restaurant recommendations were top notch. Make sure you make reservations! Les and Clarissa also own a restaurant right across the back alley called Le Galerie Art & Wine. That is a must go! Amazing food, wine and atmosphere. You also must do a wine tour with Les. We did the Medoc tour. Well worth the money. Les is very cool to hang out with!! The town of Blaye is very quaint. Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Make sure to take a trip to this area of France next to Bordeaux, especially if you are a wine aficionado. Set amongst outstanding vineyards, this B&B caters to clients for an outstanding experience. Clarissa and Les are most personable and relaxing company, they truly make you welcome and at home away from home. Assuring everything is top notch from the historic rooms to the honor wine bar to the excursions, they provide a relaxing and enjoyable time free from worry. A true get away! Thomas gave us the ultimate excursion on the Medoc wine tour with tons of information in the Medoc region. Les also spent the evenings imparting his knowledge and sharing more information on French wine.The art is spectacular and makes the ambience more inviting thanks to Clarissa (and Cornelius). The ongoing work lends a very quaint atmosphere to a well loved business that really is a home. There are good attractions nearby with the Citadel and comforting old France buildings in town. We felt free of the tourism and in a home away from home. A separate write up is deserved for their restaurant La Galerie. Overall our only regret is that we live in USA or we would be spending many more fantastic stays and taking wine classes at Villa St. Simon. The warmth and genuine nature of our hosts is a definite reason to stay or visit. France is large, but we will be sure to include this in any future stays. Thank you for an awesome, fabulous time:) Sorry it took so long for us to write, but I bet there are many more adventures waiting for everyone.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

What a fabulous way to spend a few nights with friends. Les and Clarissa are lovely and their knowledge of the region is remarkable. I have never felt so at home, happy and relaxed in my life. These two completely understand what it means to run a B&B. Make sure to take in Les' "wine debunking" and the Blaye market. Consider yourself lucky to get a chance to stay here. I promise you....you will never want to leave!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Stacey M
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

A wonderful and warm welcome from Clarissa, Les and Thomas when I arrived. Clarissa provided excellent information about the town itself, and a number of quality restaurants to visit and places to kick around town.

Blaye itself is a beautiful, quiet little town about an hour from Bordeaux - surrounded by beautiful vineyards, and with a relaxing unpretentious vibe about it. The wine tours are hosted by Les or Thomas, who have a wealth of knowledge about wine and are happy to answer and questions and love to share their knowledge. Truly a highlight and a great day in Bordeaux.

The rooms themselves (I stayed in two) were very comfortable, with great beds, generous space and well equipped bathrooms. The kitchen was great for preparing light meals, and cheese, breads and duck sausage platters after a day in the vineyards.

Another highlight of the Villa is the gallery bar! I spent several nights in the Art gallery bar, with Thomas offering suggestions for wine, based on food and other wines (cognac and other liqueurs), that were perfectly matched. Great conversations with other guests, and with Les joining us most nights. I had a lot of fun!!

Clarissa, Les and Thomas were charming, hospital and extremely generous who took the time to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. The Villa and the hosts do an outstanding job of creating a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. I highly reccomend a stay at Villa St. Simon. Thanks Les, Clarissa and Thomas!

I initially booked for four nights and returned a week later for another three nights, I enjoyed my stay that much.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Leigh A
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Oh Wow! We were lucky to get a cancellation just for one night. At the time of booking I asked for a wine 'debunking and tasting' session and when we arrived, all was organised at the wine bar across the street. What a great night, hosted by Thomas who is a young French, expert, charming, hospitable guy who speaks excellent English. It was an hour before we could taste the 3 wines in front of us! It was so much fun. We were joined by the owners of the guest house, Les and Clarissa and then spent the whole evening there. It was like wine-tasting with friends. The hotel itself is probably the most 'French' we've stayed in. I think it was originally a very large family home with huge rooms. We've recommended it to heaps of people and will we go back? I should say!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 8 cours du General de Gaulle, 33390, Blaye, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Gironde > Blaye
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Blaye
Price Range: £74 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Villa St Simon - Your home from home in Bordeaux. Villa St Simon in Bordeaux offers charming period furnished rooms and modern equipped self-catering apartments. The 1860 villa is an ideal base for your guided or self-explored wine tours in the Bordeaux region and a great place for a relaxing holiday. Blaye is in the heart of the Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg winelands and only a 20min ferry trip away from the Medoc with its famous first growths and a 40min drive away from the City of Bordeaux and St Emilion. The Citadel, UNESCO World Heritage site, traditional French cuisine, and great wines of the region will make your stay with us a unique and memorable experience - that should not be missed! ... more   less 
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